Skills of the future: self-management

What?

Being able to focus will be of increasing importance as industrial boundaries are broken down.

Why?

We used to expect four or five careers in a lifetime, but the next generation's set to be even more fluid.

How?

With a focus on coaching and mentoring, rather than management and supervision, comes the need for workers to take responsibility.

Focus

Concentrating on what's important.

There’s more information out there than ever before. And it’s important to be able to process which of it matters, to solve problems and be efficient.

You must focus on challenges, and then use initiative to make these ideas become a reality.

It's all about:

Sorting: Organising information into categories
Attention: Focus on the present and avoid distractions
Filtering: Tuning out non-essential information

Integrity

Staying true to ourselves.

As new technology throws up ethical dilemmas, maintaining integrity means we act consistently on what we believe to be ethical and fair.

Behaving in a way that is self-aware and motivated by personal values, integrity marks us out as honest.

It's all about:

Self awareness: Understanding and managing emotions
Ethics: Acting upon personal values and principles
Self control: Exercising control over impulses, emotions and behaviour

Adapting

Adjusting to change.

With change the only constant, it’s so important that we learn to adapt. Learning and reflecting from mistakes will allow us to become flexible and resilient.

By keeping an open mind, we'll be able to manage new situations and identify and solve problems.

It's all about:

Openness: Being receptive to new ways of doing things
Reflection: Looking back on knowledge and experiences
Adaptability: Flexibility when handling unexpected circumstances
Self-learning: Educating without the guidance of others
Resilience: Responding constructively to complex challenges

Initiative

Thinking for ourselves.

As self-employment becomes a focus, it’s important to be an independent thinker and see opportunities, rather than fearing change. And it’s important to have courage and tenacity to take risks and try new things.

With mentoring replacing management, workers must use their judgement to take responsibility to become effective decision-makers.

It's all about:

Courage: Overcoming fears to take action
Independent thinking: thinking for themselves
Risk taking: Take calculated risks to achieve goals
Decision making: Making considered choices
Self belief: Trust in one’s abilities, qualities and judgement
Self motivation: Act without influence or encouragement from others
Responsibility: Following through on commitments
Enterprising: Take risks, show initiative and undertake new ventures

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